Thursday, December 30, 2010

20 in 2010 Book Challenge

At the beginning of the 2010, Heather and I started a challenge, to read at least 20 books each during the year. Even with all the stuff we have going on, both of us have always read a lot. We’re chain readers, if you will, knowing which book we’re going to read next before we’re finished with our current one. Bookmark goes out of one into the next.

Here are my results. Technically, I read 51 “books”. But to be fair, a lot of them were comic book or comic strip collections, which could be read really quickly. So I thought in the spirit of the challenge, only written, non-comic books should be counted. But in fairness to me, I thought I should get some credit for reading them, since they did take time after all. So I’m going with every 10 of those count as one book.

So, I read 18 “actual” books and 34 comic type books. Using my equation, that nets me just over 21 books. Success! Success!

Here is my list:

  • Gorillaz: Rise of the Ogre by Gorillaz (Great band, great art, great book)
  • The Somnambulist by Jonathan Barnes (Pretty good)
  • The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl (A bit so slow at times)
  • My Custom Van by Michael Ian Black (Sporadically funny)
  • The Rocketeer, Cliff’s New York Adventure by Dave Stevens (Beautiful art)
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (Yes, I gave into the book that was everywhere. And I liked it.)
  • L.A. Noir by John Butin (Very interesting read)
  • Hellboy: The Ice Wolves by Mark Chadbourn (Hellboy novels are almost always good. This one was too.)
  • Bob Flame: Rocky Mountain Ranger by Dorr Yeager (Bought this at the gift shop in Rocky Mountain National Park)
  • No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy (Movie follows the book almost exactly, the towards the end there are differences)
  • Parker: The Hunter by Darwyn Cooke (Always incredible, I have the second book cued up)
  • Too Fat To Fish by Artie Lange (Hilarious and sometimes sad)
  • Hellboy: The All Seeing Eye by Mark Morris (Good)
  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo and Bagram Ibatoulline (Children's novel)
  • Kick-Ass by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. (Kick-ass)
  • The Spy Who Loved Me by Ian Fleming (Not terrible, not great)
  • The Dick Tracy Casebook edited by Max Allan Collins and Dick Locher (Great illustrations, hit and miss storylines)
  • Dead@17 Afterbirth by Josh Howard (Always fun)
  • The Little Sister by Raymond Chandler (Chandler entertains)
  • Dexter in the Dark by Jeff Lindsey (Love me some Dexter)
  • Dead@17 The 13th Brother by Josh Howard (More Josh goodness)
  • The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi (Pretty engrossing, look into it)
  • The Clash by The Clash (I wish the Beastie Boys would do a book like this)
  • Bone: Crown of Horns by Jeff Smith (My first time reading the Bone series, loved it)
  • Red Rocket 7 by Mike Allred (Really enjoyed this and all the musical references through the years)
  • Shes’ Crazy, He’s a Liar, Now What? by Cecily Knobler (This is a book I illustrated. I read most of the working manuscript as I was doing the art, but went back a read the entire thing. Very funny and shocking at times. Cecily, you've got some stories in you.
  • FoxTrox: Houston We Have a Problem by Bill Amend (I was sad when FoxTrox went Sundays only, knowing these collections would stop)
  • Scott Pilgrim 1-6 by Scott Lee O’Malley (Awesomeness)
  • The Walking Dead Volumes 1-9 by Robert Kirkman (and various artists) (Awesomeness)
  • Y: The Last Man by Brain K. Vaughan (and various artists) (Awesomeness)

As you can see, I was all over the place. I don’t know if I could pick my favorite from all of these. Walking Dead, Y and Scott Pilgrim are definitely standouts. My Custom Van was definitely the most disappointing. It was a fun ear of reading, I gotta say.

We're going to do it again in 2011. I already have two books going right now and about ten lined up. And for the record, the lovely Heather ended up reading 19 books. What a loser, right?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Cents Magazine

My copy of American Airlines Cents Magazine with my illustrations in it came today.

Friday, November 05, 2010

G.I. Joe Adventure Team

Here is a quick pin-up of a GI Joe Adventure Team member from the 70s. I did a drawing similar to this when I was a little kid (see below) and wanted to recreate it as an adult. I was a hugh Adventure Team fan back then. Still am I suppose. I still have a few figures, foot locker and even the big headquarters. I even bought Jack a few the replica Joes that have come out in the past several years but he's not old enough for them yet. I wish had more time to do drawings like this just for kicks, but duty calls you know.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Dead@17 Commission - Nara vs Violet

Here is a piece someone recently commissioned me to do. It's Dead@17's Nara Kilday battling Violet Grey from the end of Blood of Saints. The only tweak to it is he wanted Nara in a "goth punky outfit", which I was more than willing to provide. I'm pretty happy with how this piece turned out. It came together pretty quickly. One thumbnail got me the pose I wanted and it took from there. This is ink on bristol, colored with Prismacolors. Hope you like it.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

American Airlines Cents Magazine

I was recently commissioned to do some freelance illustrations for American Airlines. One of their publications is called Cents Magazine, which is published for American Airlines Federal Credit Union. They did a story on "Surviving Self-Employment: Five money rules to help you stay ahead of the curve". They needed some illustrations to go along with it and contacted me to see if I'd be interested in the job. Well, of course I was. They sent over the story along with some ideas they had and I went to it. Here is the finished results, hope you like it. I had fun working on it.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Super Hero Designs

Here are some character designs I did recently for ADH Events in Chicago. They had a client who wanted super heroes to represent their company at their booth during a convention. I did trading cards, cloisonne pins, and large banner designs. I got my samples from them today and was very happy with how they turned out. This is the first time I've had comic illustrations turned into cloisonne pins. The backs of the cards have character descriptions and contact information for the company. They're supposed to be emailing photos of the booths. If I get those, I'll update.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Latest and Last Listoon

What we'd like Texas and OU players to say in postgame interviews.

Ah, read it while you can. Unfortunately this is the final Listoon. The newspaper is going start running my friend David Hopkins' strip "We've Never Met" weekly. Unlike Listoons, it's a serialized strip and they're making the move in attempt to get readers catching on to it. Good news for David and Chad. Sad news for me and Geoff... er, uh Stacy. I can never get that straight, I'm always unsure about where he/she is the transformation process.

Anyway, it was a fun ride. Thanks to David, who got me involved. Thanks to Rob, my Editor at Quick for hiring me and thanks to Stacy for writing such entertaining stuff for me to scribble. Rob mentioned we may do one here or there in the future, so keep your eyes and ears open.

And now on to the Texas/OU themed strip. Go Hogs.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Back in Town Again

Spookytown that is. It’s been many, many moons and a plethora (would you say I had a plethora?) of posts since I’ve given any update on Spookytown, the graphic novel I’m working on. Why the delay? The just-mentioned plethora of posts of course. Too many other things have taken priority over the book. Many of those things are paying things and they will always outrank my pet comic book projects. I wish I had an extra four hours a day. That’s all I ask for, I’m not greedy. Just four.

But I am making a conscience effort to work on it every day, even if it’s just drawing face. Anything to move it forward. So if you’re interested in the book and it’s progress, I am working it. It’s not dead. Undead, maybe, but not dead.

If you’re unfamiliar with Spookytown, just visit the website.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

New Vector Illustrations

Here are a few more of the illustrations I did for "Never Marry A Man...".

Thursday, September 16, 2010

My Influence Map

On deviantART, fox-orian started an "influence map meme" and they’ve been popping up all over different artists’ websites. I don’t really put the “me” in “meme” that often, but each time I saw one of these, I couldn’t help but think how nice they looked and how cool it would be to do one myself. I know I’m bit late to the game, but I don’t care.

I knew it would be fun to make but I didn’t realize how hard it would be. Man, narrowing this group down was a challenge. Some harsh, harsh cuts were made. I could’ve done one three times this size.

To make it easier, I decided just put in people (or groups) that create. Not creations. For example, Matt Groening instead of the Simpsons. So that helped by eliminating particular movies and TV shows. And I decided mainly to focus on art and only have a few musicians and directors. Mainly it's comic artists and cartoonists.

I turned mine on it’s side to fit monitors better. Hope you like it. Make one for yourself if you haven't already.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Dallas Comic Con Wrap-Up

Once again I had a great time at the Dallas Comic Con and as always I have Mark Walters and Ben Stevens to thank for it. Guys, thanks for inviting me and congratulations for putting on such successful show. If you’ve never come out to one of their conventions, you really should. They have Shatner coming to the next one, hopefully I can get to be a part of that one too.

Unfortunately I could only do Saturday this past weekend as I had my boy’s 2nd birthday party on Sunday, which was also a great time. Maybe I can get Shatner for the next one of those? But even just doing the con for one day, I did a ton of drawing. Thanks to everyone who came by my table to either commission me or just to say hello, I always appreciate it. There are a lot of great artists at these shows, so I’m honored that anyone would choose to spend their hard-earned dollars on my work.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

My Gail Simone Collaboration

Cal Slayton is the least famous comic book artist to draw a Gail Simone Story.

That's probably a true statement, but I haven't really done the research to back it up. And I probably won't ever get around to doing it anyway. Can you dispute it? Imagine not. But I can say I did collaborate with her. Back in 2003, Dan Taylor, creator of "Super Hero Happy Hour" (and that's back before DC and Marvel made him drop the "Super") asked me if I would draw a four page back-up story written by Gail. "Gee, hmmmm ... let me think about that." Of course I did, what am I, crazy? Anyway, it was fun to work with her, she was so cool and I think it turned out pretty nice. Here is the story from "Super Hero Happy Hour #4"....

Saturday, August 14, 2010

New Illustration - Dog Walking

Here is a new piece I did for a client recently. Yes, that dog is wearing high heels. Hey, it was a first for me too.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Ariel from Thundarr

Here's a quickie I did tonight. Princess Ariel from one of my favorite cartoons I watched as a kid, Thundarr the Barbarian. I wanted to draw something that I wanted to draw, not something someone else needed drawn. It's been a while since I've done that, so I just whipped this up. I've always wanted to draw this character, I might even do it again later when I have more time. Hope you like it. I would love to hear that Thundarr is being released on DVD, but I think it would have happened by now. So far, no release date.

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Dallas Comic Con - August 28 - 29

UPDATED: Edward James Olmos has been added as a guest for the show. Saturday only. Very cool.
Come out to the Dallas Comic Con August 28th and 29th at the Richardson Civic Center, 411 West Arapaho Rd (in Richardson of course). Show hours are Saturday 11:00 am - 6 pm and Sunday 12 noon - 4 pm. I will be there on Saturday only. I have my boy’s birthday party on Sunday. But come out both days because there is gonna be a ton of great guests....

Temuera Morrison, Alan Harris, David Prowse, Keith Pollard, Angel Medina , Mark Brooks, Pat Broderick, June Brigman, Kerry Gammill, Ben Dunn, James O’Barr, Josh Howard, Steve Ersin, John Lucas, Brian Denham, David Hopkins, Brent Pebbles, Richard Dominguez and more.

This will be the first Dallas area show that I will have my new sketchbooks available. So come by on Saturday and pick one up. Hope to see you there.

Check out the Dallas Comic Con

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Hot new dance moves we'd like to see in Step Up 3D

Stacy comes up with some new moves for all the kids out there in the latest Quick Listoon. I'll stick to poppin' and lockin'.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

A Few of New Illustrations

These are of a mascot (named Zoe) for a site called Zen Planner.
This one is of "Jim Healthy" for My Healing Kitchen.

Friday, July 02, 2010

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Things We'd Like to See in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

The latest Quick Listoon.

I didn't realize the issue this was going in would have a huge Twilight story in it and have all three of the Twilight "hotties" on the cover. I just imagine all the little Twilight fans snatching this up and then reading the comic in the back of it. Hey, don't blame me, I just draw it (even though it is funny). Find Stacy Austin Sheffield and complain to her.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Texas Comicon Wrap-up

Thanks to everyone who stopped by my table in San Antonio this past weekend and a big thanks to Kris Kidd for the inviting me as a guest, I really appreciate it. It was my first convention there and I had a great time. Sunday was pretty slow for me, but Saturday was fantastic, I drew most of the day. I also got to meet and hang out with a bunch of other creators. Brent Peeples (who I already knew), Christian Beranek, Tony DiGerolamo, Michael Champion, Chris Summers, Scott Zirkel, Kennon James, and Chris Fulton, just to name a few. And on Sunday, Brent, Michael, Kennon, Chris and I participated in an event where each of us were paired up with con-goer, who sketched out a drawing in pencil, then we inked it and jazzed it up and at the end they got to take home a original piece that they collaborated on with us. Pretty cool.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Rejected Alternate Titles for "Sex and the City 2"

Lastest Quick Listoon written by the beautiful Stacy Austin Sheffield. Stacy is like Charlotte hot. And in case you were unaware, Charlotte is the hottest of all those broads. For realz.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Cal Slayton Sketchbook Volume 1

As I mentioned in my post about my 2010 goals, I wanted to publish a sketchbook this year through one of the print-on-demand sites. Well, I'm happy to say I can check that off my list.

Cal Slayton Sketchbook Volume 1 is now available through Lulu. It's a 64 page, full color, perfect bound 8.5" x 11" book. It contains about 180 images. Comic book work, commissions, rough sketches, vector art, sketch cards. It's a huge collection of work I've down over the past several years.

I got my first copy the other day and think the printing turned out pretty great. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality. I hope they can keep up that consistency because it looks nice. Here are a few photos I took of it. You can also see a bunch of preview pages on Lulu.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Texas Comicon

Come out to the Texas Comicon June 18, 19 and 20th in San Antonio.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Sketchbook Sneak Peek

Here is a screen capture of a few of the pages form the sketchbook I'm working on.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Comic Book Inspired Ads

Here is the final batch of the ads for Design PT that David Hopkins and I created. This time around we spoof Batman, Robin, Hulk, Indiana Jones, Mr. Fantastic, Spider-man, Star Trek, Robbie the Robot, zombie movies, Superman, Doctor Octopus, The Terminator and Conan the Barbarian. These have been a blast. Hope you like them.

The first set | The second set.

Heather, Jack and I are in the last panel of this one...

"Shades of Blue" nod in the last panel...